2010, 8:39, 2-channel installation
video and sound by Cecilia Dougherty
The Third Interval is named for Paul Virilio's writings on speed, the Internet, the human place on the electronic bullet train. Shot with my old Nokia cell phone, and mixed with Apple's GarageBand software, this is a low-tech homage to all the lives that are lived in between the spaces of the coming moments of communication over/under-load. Additionally, I was in the mood for letting the horror of everyday life surface for a few minutes - the confusion, noise, and the universe of near-hits that I often feel pulling at my heels. And one should remember that the horror movie is, most of all, create for the fun of it.
Post-production partially funded by the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University.
Once one starts creating simple plans for cool pads and swell digs in free downloadable architectural modeling software it is, basically, difficult to stop. The obsession is not singular - one can find free goodies online from similarly obsessed individuals who create complete sets of software-compatible furniture, various types of doors and windows, spiral staircases, perfectly modeled bowls of apples and other...
anyway, it's incredibly fun to use.
In 1973, sculptor Frank Gillette made a 23-minute videotape called Tetragrammaton at a beach near New York. It is one element of a six-part video installation called Six Matrices, from 1971 - 73. Gilette's camera focuses on ripples in the sand, driftwood, shells, and feathers and then swings out wildly to a long shot of the sea and the horizon. At one point, Gillette swings the camera 360-degrees, and at other points he stays glued to one small object in the sand, defining with his camerawork the body of the artist as well as his surroundings.
While capturing video with my cell phone at Brighton Beach in Brooklyn one day, the blurred and pixelated images began to remind me of Frank Gillette's videotape. His title refers to an archaic Hebrew word formed by the four letters YHWH, representing the name of the god, a name too sacred to be spoken aloud, and a word that only a few people from each generation are taught to pronounce.
I went back to the beach for the next few days with Frank Gillette in mind and edited this piece from cell-phone files that I had emailed to myself and downloaded to edit. Tetragrammaton, is a response to Frank Gillette. In making this video, I began to see the function of the spiritual as separated from the funciton of the philosophical, as unassociated with belief systems, logic and morality.
One channel of the video was processed through the Paik-Abe Raster Scan Device ( aka Wobulator ) This is a modified black and white monitor designed for electromagnetic deflection of the video raster via control voltages. Thanks to the Experimental Television Center!
In A Station, Petals
2011, silent, video installation
In A Station, Petals is a video installation created for rear-screen projection onto a window facing the street. The image is created from hundreds of stills that were sourced from television shows that I watch, or used to watch, with some regularity. The television images have been cropped and re-sized simply to make them beautiful.
At first I enjoyed targeting small corners of the frame or scene on view, and from the practice of looking up close, noticed how race and gender stereotypes have been revised and renewed in the shorthand of tv-watching: white people always seem to be in trouble, and are usually in charge; black people embody moral responsibility and superior strength of character but are always in service of some kind - official or otherwise - to white people; Asians are similarly strong but rather than strong moral character, they are shown as having strong intellectual abilities and keen insights into a given situation. Asian men are now quite buff and hunky, with bulging arms to match their giant brains. Women are still beautiful, but now may also be somewhat complicated; white men are still on top, but all of the Others are catching up. I believe they will catch up only to be re-assigned new stereotypes, all in the service of pop culture and television drama.